Why Jodhpur is called the ‘blue city’?

India is really so wonderful. With the magical mix and beautiful coexistence of people from different cultures, traditions, religions inhabiting this unique peninsula with love, brotherhood, fun and so much more. Every state of our country is the best example of a unique unity in diversity scenario. Be it Kashmir, Punjab, Bengal, Bihar or Rajasthan one will never be disappointed to find a wonderful balance of beautiful places, forts, gardens, qualities of people, food, fun and humble hospitality welcoming everyone to this place with open arms.

 Jodhpur is the second largest and the second metropolitan city of Rajasthan. It was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Marwar. It is a place sprawling with beautiful historical forts, palaces and temples and is known as ‘the blue city’. Though the market places and new towns exhibit a colourful graffiti, the older areas of this city show a predominance and spread of the blue colour. A natural question arises regarding the choice of blue colour only over others. One cause is that the Brahmins of this place had a close affinity and association with blue and all the houses inside the protection of the age-old Mehrangarh Fort belonged to the Brahmins and these residential properties are also known as ‘the Brahmin houses’. Another theory stating a completely different story is the presence of termites which caused a terrible structural damage to buildings, all of them. So residents started adding chemicals and copper sulphate in their regular whitewash along with indigo, a natural dye which has a tint of blue to stop the spread of this unwanted pest.

                                                Given some reasons for the blueness of this city we have not come to a collective decision regarding our question. Nonetheless the diversity and magnificent beauty of the old and new parts with their fabulous travel treats give us immense satisfaction and pride that our country is home to such a treasure trove and blue or not it really is a unique and special gift for us to visit, know about, admire and have all the fun in.

Published by ambikajha

I am Ambika Jha.I like to write on different topics.I feel life is too short for anything.So let us work our best in the given time and let life's music be in rhythm and rhyme.So be your best and never stop to learn and write.

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